October 07, 2017
Tokushima Vortis revives their options of playing the promotion play-offs to the Japan League 1 after the win by 4-1 in the last matchday. Ricardo Rodríguez’s side was coming from three consecutive draws, due in large part to the lack of luck on goal. A dynamic that drastically changed in this match, where the blues converted their chances into goals.
Yamasaki put Tokushima Vortis in advantage shortly after kick-off, in the 2nd minute of the game, after taking advantage of an assist by Iwao from the centre of the pitch. The forward broke through the lines to make the 1-0 with his left foot. The advantage seemed Tokushima Vortis’ best way to a quiet game, but had to overcome ThespaKusatsu Gunma’s tie in the 20th minute, a goal scored by Okada, who benefited from an error of the local defence. Despite the draw, Tokushima Vortis’ reaction was immediate. Yamasaki was again the protagonist converting the 2-1 only two minutes later. A goal that came signed with one of the great trademarks of Ricardo Rodriguez’s team: the game in the wings. Mawatari, from the right side, placed a perfect crossing for Yamasaki to put Tokushima Vortis on the lead with a perfect header. The 3-1 came in the 25th minute, again with Mawatari as one of the main actors. The winger dribbled his mark to assist inside the box to Watari, who found the space in the far post of the visitors’ goal.
Best reaction possible for Tokushima Vortis, who managed intelligently the advantage in the second half, aware that they must keep energies for an exciting final rush of the league. Osaki, who entered in the final minutes of the game, scored the 4-1 with a shot from outside the box with his right foot. A goal to close a perfect match for the men of Ricardo Rodriguez, who regain the sixth place in the Japan League 2 with 57 points, tied with Tokyo Verdy and Yokohama. The next matchday Tokushima Vortis will defend their position in the visit to Gifu, team that has already achieved the goal of avoiding the relegation spots.